High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol

Family Care Clinic with Dr. Daniel Laws can help you manage various health issues, both big and small. For example, if you have high cholesterol in Ennis, TX, it’s important to get help. Our services (including diagnostics and treatments) will reduce your risk of heart disease. Furthermore, we can teach you how to safely lower your cholesterol at home.

Dangers of Excessive Cholesterol 

Unfortunately, too much cholesterol can be a serious health risk. It’s particularly scary because (beyond blood tests) there aren’t many ways to know if you have it. There aren’t any tell-tale symptoms; they typically don’t become obvious until late in your disease. However, there are a few things that you might experience when plaque has built up, including:

  • Chest Pain: When you have too much cholesterol, you might get occasional chest pain. The troubling thing about this symptom is that it’s so easy to confuse with other issues, including gas. As a result, you must talk with us right away if you experience chest pain. 
  • Heart Attack Plaque can easily tear from your veins and tumble throughout your body. If it somehow gets to your heart or clogs up the stream, you’ll likely have a heart attack. The same problem can cause a stroke if it occurs in the brain. 
  • Confusion: Though rare, some people develop confusion when they have too much cholesterol. That’s because the blood flow is constricted throughout their body. If you feel confused or agitated, you might want to call us to get an immediate cholesterol test.

Ways We Can Help 

At Family Care Clinic in Ennis, TX, Dr. Laws can help with high cholesterol by utilizing a variety of tests. First, we’ll gauge how high your cholesterol is and then give you medications that can decrease your levels. Or rather, we balance them: some cholesterol is good, and you want it! These medicines include:

  • Statins that help lower cholesterol when you have a mild case of higher levels
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors that stop the intestine from absorbing cholesterol 
  • Bempedoic acid that blocks liver cholesterol production 
  • PCSK9 inhibitors lower bad cholesterol by prompting the liver to absorb more of it.

Let Us Help You Help Yourself

By adjusting your diet, exercising regularly, losing weight, quitting smoking and drinking, and eating low-salt foods, you can reduce your risk of problems from high cholesterol! However, you should still call Dr. Laws at Family Care Clinic to monitor any further developments. Call (972) 875-6700 to learn more!

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